March 15, 2018 , Brain Injuries

Even a walk across the street can bring on a life-changing TBI when drunk drivers are involved

Your brain is well protected within your skull. Fluid surrounds your brain that cushions it from ever making contact with the hard inside of the skull. However, a jarring blow to your body or head can cause your brain to move around, which increases ...
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March 8, 2018 , Brain Injuries

Bellingham drivers need to know the signs of TBI

A traumatic brain injury is a serious consequence of head trauma, usually caused from an accident or fall. Preventing these injuries takes a great deal of awareness. Vehicle collisions are one of the primary causes of traumatic brain injury, along wi...
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February 28, 2018 , Brain Injuries

Stories of car accident victims’ recovery from TBI bring hope

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. At Bill Coats Law, we have seen our Bellingham friends and neighbors suffer the effects of devastating car accidents. A common injury  car accident victims suffer is TBI. Unfortunately, brain injuries are s...
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February 28, 2018 , Brain Injuries

Bellingham car accidents can leave victims with lifelong TBI

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America makes an effort to raise public awareness of brain injuries. Brain injuries are all too common: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.7 million people suffer t...
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January 25, 2018 , Brain Injuries

Myths and facts about brain injuries in Bellingham car accidents

It's usually obvious where someone is injured in a car accident. Bruises, abrasions and lacerations are visible injuries that show up quickly after impact. Victims may also experience pain from soft tissue injuries to their neck and back. Usually, th...
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July 26, 2017 , Brain Injuries

Airbags can cause injuries to Bellingham drivers

Like many advances that are meant to make our lives easier and safer, airbags don't come without their detriments. In fact, air bags have caused some serious injuries. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Occasionally, the energy require...
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May 12, 2017 , Brain Injuries

Not all playing fields are level: Bellingham sports enthusiasts are at risk for personal injuries

For those who are so inclined, there's nothing better than a long run or bike ride on a beautiful Bellingham spring day. It clears the mental cobwebs and is a fun solo or social activity. Plus, it keeps your heart ticking strong. But activities like ...
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April 24, 2017 , Brain Injuries

Handling head injury claims after a car accident

Of the two million Americans who suffer head injuries each year, 14% of those are due to injuries from car crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means 286,000 people receive TBI (traumatic brain injury) every year...
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March 28, 2017 , Brain Injuries

7 common symptoms to watch out for after a car accident

Car accidents are generally major traumas, even if the damage isn't all that severe. Each person will have a different reaction after the crash, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Often there's a mental fog afterwards, which makes it hard to thin...
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February 7, 2017 , Brain Injuries

Car accidents and traumatic brain injuries go hand in hand

Traumatic brain injuries have gotten more attention in the media in the past few years, as doctors' understanding of them evolves. TBIs can happen whenever someone experiences a head injury, ranging from a bump to a blow. This is why car accidents ar...
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